From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka
Miracle can best describe the outcome of a multiple accident yesterday in the heart of Awka, the capital city of Anambra State when a luxury bus crushed over 15 vehicles and pulled down many electric poles without any casualty.
The accident which occurred along the Ziks Avenue Awka involved a luxury bus marked: HAL 276YG, and about 15 other vehicles including many tricycles.
The luxury bus which was said to have been in distress shortly after off-loading some tubers of yam and other items at Nkwo Amenyi market, started what could be described as mass destruction from St. John of God junction to the front of the Post office opposite where it finally crushed a Toyota Corolla car belonging to one of the Federal institution in the state. Driver of the luxury bus was said to have disappeared immediately.
Confirming the accident, the state Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Mr. Sunday Ajayi stated that no death was recorded but that “nine persons, two females and seven males were rushed to the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku” by his men.
An eye witness, Mr. Oguejiofo Emeka, whose shop at number 241 Ziks Avenue was badly affected by the accident, said: “The vehicle was said to have failed break at Nkwo Amenyi market after off loading some tubers of yam and other items at the market.
“Since the Enugu-Onitsha express way became deplorable, most of the heavy duty vehicles have been plying this old road which is not good. Now look at what it has resulted to. This accident, I am sure must have damaged items worth more than N100 million.”
Another victim, 24-year-old driver of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University shuttle bus, Odoh Gift, whose vehicle was squeezed beyond repair simply described what happened to him as “miraculous.
“I’m still in shock. I still cannot believe that I am still alive seeing this vehicle in this condition. What it means is that God is always with me.”